Windows Phone 8.1: More on Cortana and Guinness World Record

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, I posted about What's New in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.

Today, I wanted to post some videos of what is in store for users of Windows Phone 8, who will be getting the Windows Phone 8.1 update for free.

So below are some fantastic videos to introduce Cortana, the Windows Phone 8.1 Personal Assistant to you.  Make sure you watch the suite of funny short videos on the Windows Phone channel.


Meet Cortana: The New Windows Phone 8.1 Personal Assistant (Direct Link)



Get to Know Cortana (Direct Link)



For more Cortana videos have a look at the Windows Phone YouTube Channel.

Windows Phone 8.1 also introduces a shape writing keyboard called WordFlow.

On January 16, 2014, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers set out to challenge the Guinness World Records fastest text message using a touch-screen mobile phone record.

Typing on a touchscreen device without having to look at the screen could be extremely useful in cases when it's either dangerous, interruptive or impolite to text. Microsoft researchers developed a novel UX and robust decoder to shape write in groups of characters. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, the research team broke the Guinness World record for touchscreen and blind texting, and worked with the Windows Phone team to include the WordFlow feature in Windows Phone 8.1.


Shape-Writing Enhancements for Windows Phone (Direct Link)



Windows Phone just keeps getting better.